Full of sleepy villages, pine-clad mountains and age-old ruins, western Rhodes has a rugged beauty all of its own. This tour ticks off some of the top picks. You'll visit the ancient city of Kamiros, the mountain villages of Embona, Siana and Gennadi and Butterfly Valley – a natural park home to hundreds of Callimorpha butterflies.First up is Butterfly Valley – a natural park home to hundreds of the friendly, fluttering creatures. Wander along shaded wooden walkways and listen to pristine pools of trickling water as you observe the colourful insects all around – stay still and one may even land on you.Next, you'll travel back in time at ancient Kamiros. The well-preserved streets and remains of the agora and acropolis will give you a sense of how the residents went about their daily lives in the 5th century BC. You'll also have free time for lunch in Embona – the highest village in Rhodes – visit the mountain-side settlement of Siana and stop for coffee in Gennadi.
Rhodes's rugged inland was made for discovering on a 4x4. And this off-road adventure takes you to all those hard-to-reach spots. Rumble through dark and dense woodlands, chug up hills and zoom past neat pasturelands. An adrenaline-pumping experience that'll inject some thrills into your holiday.After pick-up at your hotel, we'll head to meet your driver-guide. Following the safety briefing, it's time to give it some welly. Taking in the remote and underpopulated south of Rhodes, you'll get to see parts of the island that don't make the pages of travel guides as we weave through the rolling countryside.This rip-roaring odyssey is a day full of off-road exploration, fun and adventure. There'll be free time to grab a bite to eat during one of the stops.
With its sleepy villages, deserted pine-clad mountain trails and well-preserved classical ruins, western Rhodes is the perfect place to soak up the island's history and culture. Firstly, you'll travel back through the centuries at ancient Kamiros. The adjacent Agora and Acropolis will give you a real sense of how the residents went about their daily lives in the fifth century BC. Next up is Embona – the highest village in Rhodes – where you'll have free time for lunch. After a wine tasting, continue to Siana, a mountain-side settlement, then coastal Gennadi for a coffee and an insight into local life.
Pirate Tim and Calypso the Parrot need your help to find their lost treasure. But first you need to be fully trained in all the skills you need to become a TUI Pirate. You'll join our crew in search of the booty, and along the way everyone will get into the pirate spirit with some help from the pirate team on the boat. There'll be lots of fun activities for everyone to join in on. For our little pirate crew, there'll be face painting and lots of pirate-themed games to play and for the older pirate crew, there'll be some pirate challenges to join in with.
With its mountainous interior, glorious beaches and sprinkling of historic monasteries, Rhodes is the perfect destination for hiking enthusiasts. This full day tour combines a guided walk along cliff-top and mountain trails, a monastery visit and free time to kick back on the sand in the afternoon.There'll be no shortage of time in the great outdoors on this day trip, and it all kicks off with a morning hike along cliff-top and winding mountain trails that offer up sweeping panoramas out towards the sea. The best bit is that you'll be far away from all the hustle and bustle of the resorts, so you have the chance to disconnect among inspiring landscapes.Then, you'll have the opportunity to stop and visit a monastery, followed by free time at the beach. Swim, sunbathe, rest up your feet or join in some fun and games before heading back to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Lindos was an important and prosperous city in ancient Greece. Take some time to explore the narrow, cobbled streets with the help of your guide. Spot dinky chapels and admire gleaming Orthodox churches. Such was the importance of Rhodes and Lindos throughout the centuries, that the Knights of St John erected the medieval fortress walls in the 13th century – protecting the treasures of the ancient Acropolis within them. If you want, you can choose to enter the archaeological site. If you do so, the tablet will really bring the Acropolis's treasures to life for you.
You'll see the best of Lindos on land and under the waves from the Hippo submarine. As you glide around the Acropolis of Lindos, the Tomb of Cleobulus and Lion Head Cove, you'll be caught between two minds: on deck or the underwater viewing platform 1.5m below the water line. What's, there's a stop in Navarone Bay to feed the fish and enjoy a well-deserved swim.
Few islands in Greece can match the heritage of Rhodes. Kick off with a guided visit to hillside Lindos. Climb the steps to its mountaintop Acropolis, home the Temple of Athena. Then wander its winding cobbled streets, lined with whitewashed houses and boutiques – and take in the views of St Paul's Bay far below. You'll also enjoy a traditional lemon pie in a family-run café. Then it's off to the Acropolis of Rhodes. See the vast medieval Castle of the Grand Masters and stroll along the cobbled Street of the Knights. There's also a coffee break in a special hotel.
Cruise along Rhode's coastline on a boat trip that combines relaxation with exploration. Set sail and you can soak up every inch of beauty as you admire the views, top up your tan or grab a drink from the bar before arriving in Lindos. A captivating mix of classical and medieval structures, you can shop for souvenirs in the winding alleys, have lunch on a rooftop terrace or set out to explore – it's completely up to you. On the return cruise, we'll make a refreshing swim stop to complete your day of discovery and relaxation.
The clear seas surrounding Rhodes are ideal for scuba diving. Explore the rich maritime life and underwater rock formations on either full day or half-day guided dives at different locations. With fully certified instructors all across the island, you'll soon be on slipping on a wetsuit, tank and mask, ready for your undersea safari.
Enjoy a submarine tour of Lindos and its waters. Admire the Acropolis from the sea and explore the sea life from a different perspective.
The picture-perfect coastline and secluded coves of Rhodes are best explored by sea. After arriving at the sands of Stegna Bay, you'll hop on a paddleboard and expert instructors will teach you everything you need to know. Soon you'll be out exploring all the cliffs, crags and caves of the coastline. You'll get an up-close look rugged rock formations and dramatic coastal scenery, before stopping top swim in Stegna's most secluded spots. There's a chance to snorkel in the shallow, try a thrill-pumping cliff jump or just sit back on your board and soak up some sun.
One of the most magical places in Rhodes, Seven Springs is a natural oasis of cool woodlands and a lake, where you can escape the heat of the sun. You'll firstly discover Rhodes's oasis, Seven Springs. You can walk along one of the wooded trails and wade through the tunnel to the lake at the end of it. We'll then transfer you to Tsambika beach, a long stretch of golden sand washed by the Med and hemmed in by two headlands. The calm and shallow water makes it ideal for families to paddle, swim and have fun. You can use your discounted sunlounger in the reserved TUI area.
Take part in a fun and relaxing art workshop and bring home your self-made work of art!
This half-day tour shines the spotlight on northern Rhodes. You'll begin the day at Kallithea Springs, known for their therapeutic properties. Learn all about their importance throughout history from your guide, then enjoy some free time before setting off towards Rhodes Town for the next part of the tour. During the bus ride, you'll see Rhodes Town both old and new, passing by Monte Smith – the acropolis of Rhodes – Evangelismos Church and Mandraki Harbour. Once you arrive into the medieval centre, you'll set off on foot to find out about knights from centuries past and to marvel at historic monuments.
Variety is the name of the game on this vastly contrasted excursion. Journey inland in the morning, headed to the ecological sanctuary that is Butterfly Valley. At this renowned nature reserve, walk under the canopy of the forest, alongside waterfalls and ponds rich in wildlife. From mid-June to mid-September this is home to hundreds of thousands of Callimorpha butterflies, attracted by the resin of its storax trees. Afterwards, it's back to the coast where you'll board your boat to Chalki. This sleepy island has pretty houses scattered around the harbour where small fishing boats are moored.
Head down to Rhodes's Mandraki harbour and climb aboard the beautiful Estella sailboat – your ticket to getting away from it all and a day of relaxation. You'll pass everything from cosmopolitan holiday resorts buzzing with people, quiet, picturesque bays, traditional villages with colourfully-painted houses and castle ruins – the views along the coastline are quite simply, lovely. When you've soaked up enough sun, dive in for a cool swim while a light lunch is prepared for you. It's the ultimate way to spend to unwind and take some time out.
Rhodes town is a capital ripe for exploring on foot. And with hassle-free transport to and from, you'll have plenty of time to tour all the best bits. Stroll the medieval Knights Quarter and feel the history amongst the old city walls. Or hit the high street for some last minute shopping in the designer boutiques. Fancy a coffee on the harbour, or a saunter down the seafront? Explore at your own pace on this stress free day.
Explore Rhodes in the company of an expert local guide who will bring to life the history, culture and people of this long-standing powerhouse of Greek intrigue. Get wow-factor photos in hotspots like Mandraki Harbour and the Colossus of Rhodes. Wander the area around Symis Square and the impeccably preserved Street of the Knights in Rhodes Old Town. Wind the tour down with a true highlight – the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. Go inside to explore the site believed to be the foundation of the city – when, in antiquity, the ancient temple of the sun god, Helios, was built and venerated. Let your expert local frame a perfect day spent exploring Rhodes.Rhodes is the largest and most prominent island in the Dodecanese – the 165 islands that make up Greece's eastern extents in the Sea of Crete. On this exploratory day with a local guide, discover the places and spaces that make this historic city unforgettable.Two statues, Elefos and Elafina now stand in the space once dominated by the feet of an impending ancient – the Colossus of Rhodes. Capturing the fascination of all who viewed, and now know of the Colossus, your guide will share the secrets to this legendary symbol of Greek civilisation. After setting the foundation for your day, begin to wander the nearby areas, pausing at sites such as the Archaeology Museum and the Suleymaniye Mosque, built by the Ottoman Empire as Rhodes's first mosque and still standing today as a reconstructed symbol of past powers.Walk through the Street of the Knights, the main stretch through Old Town Rhodes with its medieval, immaculately preserved and resurrected streets – a great place for a selfie or two. Learn of the surrounding buildings' various functions, including the location of government offices as well as cultural institutions.As your tour begins to reach its apex visit a true highlight – the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. Explore the site believed to be the foundation of the city - when, in antiquity, the ancient temple of the sun-god Helios was built and venerated. Wander the corridors peppered with ancient mosaics and interesting artefacts. By the end of the day, your expert local has truly shown you a perfect day spent exploring Rhodes.
Why take this tour?Explore Rhodes in the company of an expert local guide who will bring to life the past of this long-standing powerhouse of Greek culture. Starting from the beautiful Mandraki Harbour, the former location of the most famed statue in ancient times, the Colossus of Rhodes. Wander the area featuring the varied Italian architecture including the sites of Nea Agora (New Market), Teatro Puccini (National Theatre), Casa del Fascio (House of Fascism) and the Palazzo Governale, with its arched colonnade of Venetian-style splendour. Visit Symis Square and the impeccably preserved Street of the Knights in the Old Town. Even get a taste of Rhodes's local culture with a sip of souma liqueur – a true local delicacy. Spend the day getting to know this important seaside city with a friendly local. Rhodes is the largest island in the Dodecanese – a165-island medley that makes up the eastern sections within the Sea of Crete. On this exploratory day with a local guide, take to the streets to explore the places and spaces that make this historic city unforgettable.Meet your guide – an expert on local history and culture near the two statues – Elefos and Elafina that now stand in the space once dominated an impending ancient – the Colossus of Rhodes. Grow more and more fascinated by its story – learning of its symbolism and prominence in the ancient world.Depart the harbour to wander the nearby areas, pausing before the varied Italian architecture, including the sites of Nea Agora (New Market), Teatro Puccini (National Theatre), Casa del Fascio (House of Fascism) and the Palazzo Governale, with its arched colonnade of Venetian-style splendour.As your day grows, walk into the Old Town and through the Street of the Knights, the main stretch with its medieval and resurrected streets – a great way to envision the past. Learn about the surrounding buildings' various functions including the location of government offices as well as cultural institutions. Head to the Archaeology Museum of Rhodes to view it from the exterior (maybe entice you to visit on your own at another time?) Even get a taste of Rhodes local culture with a sip of souma liqueur – a true local delicacy.Wrap up your day in front of the Suleymaniye Mosque, built by the Ottoman Empire as Rhodes's very first mosque, it still stands as a reconstructed symbol of past powers.